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Monday, December 28 2015
Hosea 5: The Return Of The King
"They have rejected Me, that I should not reign over them ... I will return again to My place, until they acknowledge their guilt and seek My face, and in their distress earnestly seek Me"
The word "king" means father of a kin, the progenitor of a family, the key ancestor of a people. The prime Biblical example of that is Jacob, who the LORD (see The Identity Of The LORD God and The LORD God Our Saviour) renamed as "Israel" (see A Biography Of Jacob: When Jacob Became Israel). Jacob was the father of the people named after him, the Israelites; Jacob was the "king" of his kin (see A Biography Of Jacob: The Jacobites Of Syria).
The Biblical record has many other examples of how some families grew from a clan encampment into a fortified city (hence the Bible references to kings of cities). Some of them further grew territorially into a nation (nation simply means nativity, birth from a common ancestor) - in so doing either annihilating, adopting, or driving away other families of people.
The first king over humans was the LORD God in the Garden of Eden (see In The Beginning Was The Word). Unfortunately, when challenged, the first humans failed their test of patriotism ("patriotism" literally means faithful to the father, the head of the kin) and followed the rebel spirit who was then becoming known as "Satan" - which means accuser, or critic (see What Is Satan's Real Name?).
The LORD was again a king over humans when He created the nation of Israel. Unfortunately, again, the Israelites failed to stand true in their national patriotism and demanded a king from one of their brothers - in effect, frat-riotism (faithful to one's brothers) rather than true patriotism (faithful to the father, the genuine creator of the nation).
The result was the man-led national disasters and political buffoonery (see What Happens To A Nation When God's Law Is Forsaken?) that Israel experienced throughout all of its subsequent history, right to the present day (see the prophecy and history series beginning with Israel In History and Prophecy: Roots and Branches) - exactly as the LORD declared to them when they rejected Him (see also Saul's Impeachment and What Caused Solomon's Idolatry?).
"8:6 But the thing displeased Samuel, when they said, Give us a king to judge us. And Samuel prayed unto the LORD.
The people of Israel earned themselves many rebukes from the LORD, but their failings were not His failings. The LORD's purpose and plan cannot be stopped - even by the most pompous, self-righteous political hypocrites who reject the LORD's Kingdom and make toy countries for themselves. The LORD is returning to be what He has always been (see the Fact Finder question below).
"5:1 Hear this, O priests! Pay attention, O house of Israel! Give ear, O house of the king! For the judgment is for you; for you have been a snare at Mizpah and a net spread upon Tabor. 5:2 And the revolters have gone deep into slaughter, but I will discipline all of them. 5:3 I know Ephraim, and Israel is not hidden from me; for now, O Ephraim, you have played the whore; Israel is defiled.
This Day In History, December 28
457: Majorian, a general of the Roman army, became emperor of the Western Roman Empire after deposing Emperor Avitus (see also A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars).
484: Alaric II succeeded his father Euric as king of the Visigoths. The Visigoths (from the Latin meaning western Goths) and Ostrogoths (from the Latin meaning eastern Goths) were branches of the Germanic people referred to collectively as the Goths. The Germanic people eventually succeeded and became the later Roman Empire (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
1065: Westminster Abbey was consecrated.
1612: By means of the newly-invented telescope, Galileo Galilei became the first astronomer to observe the planet known as "Neptune" (a pagan name given to it by men). Galileo was not the inventor of the telescope, but he was the first to use it to study the heavens.
1688: William of Orange made a triumphant march into London as James II fled.
1694: Queen Mary II of England died of smallpox at age 32.
1698: George I of England got divorced.
1795: Plans for building Toronto's famous Yonge Street were first proposed. While the southern section of it is today a major street in Toronto, the original 48 kilometer road from York (i.e. Toronto) north to Lake Simcoe was one of the earliest highways in Canada. It was named after Sir George Yonge, then Secretary of State for War in the British government.
1836: Spain recognized the independence of Mexico, which at the time included large areas of what is today the U.S. (California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas).
1849: Paris tailor Jolly Bellin reportedly discovered "dry cleaning" when he accidentally upset a lamp containing turpentine and oil on His clothing and saw the cleaning effect.
1895: Antoine and Louis Lumiere introduced their Cinematograph (which projected "moving pictures") in the basement of the Grand Cafe in Paris.
1908: Over 82,000 people were killed by an earthquake that struck the Sicilian town of Messina. A tidal wave that followed caused more devastation.
1923: Alexander Eiffel died at age 91. He designed the Eiffel Tower in Paris, which is named after him.
1936: Benito Mussolini sent war planes to Spain in support of Francisco Franco.
1946: French occupation forces declared martial law in Vietnam. It was the colonial French who divided Vietnam into two countries, North and South. When the French were the driven out during the resulting civil war, the U.S. replaced them in an effort to maintain the artificial boundary. The Vietnam War was actually a civil war caused by foreigners who claimed Vietnam was their own dominion.
1947: Victor Emmanuel III, king of Italy 1900-1946, died at age 78. His reign brought an end to the Italian monarchy.
1948: Prime Minister Nokrashy Pasha of Egypt was assassinated by a member of the "Muslim Brotherhood." Pasha had just outlawed the group because he regarded them as terrorists.
1950: Chinese troops crossed the 38th Parallel into South Korea.
1997: The government of Hong Kong ordered the slaughter of 1.3 million chickens as well as a large number of ducks, geese, quail and other poultry in an effort to stop the spread of a newly discovered variety of flu.